We are no longer selling picnics. However, if you have already purchased a picnic for this season we will honor that reservation. Please message tickets@blackhillsplayhouse.com if you have any questions.




For those in the know, the BHP experience begins well before the house bell calls the playgoers to their seats. Earlier in the day, as the afternoon sun streams through the pines, tables are claimed, corks popped and picnics commenced. Here lies one of the best-kept secrets of the BHP experience - families and friends scattered about the grounds, breaking bread and anticipating the play to come.


The Thirsty Buffalo Snack Bar has a nice variety of options from hot dogs to nachos, candy, chips, popcorn, sodas, ice cream, and freshly baked cookies. It also has BHP t-shirts, jackets and other fine merchandise.


So pre-order a picnic with us or pack a picnic basket with your favorite outdoor cuisine. Come early and stake your claim to one of BHP's picnic tables. Or leave the cooking to someone else and visit one of the excellent lodges in Custer State Park. Whatever you choose,  be assured that your adventure in Custer State Park doesn't begin and end with the plays.



*ingredients subject to change depending on availability


Prepared daily, these pre-paid picnics will be chilled and awaiting your arrival at the snack bar near the theater. Bring a blanket and sit by the creek or snag a picnic table on the grounds or in Haberman Hall, our lovely, covered picnic area. (Groups of 10 or more should make reservations to make sure seating is available).


Meals are offered beginning two hours before show time or after matinees and served rain or shine. They must be ordered pre-paid by NOON two days before each show. For example, if you want a picnic on Friday, you would have to place your order by Noon on Wednesday*.  


*We are closed on Mondays, so orders for Wednesday must be received by Sunday at noon. 


Please note:  

  • Picnics must be picked up the day they are reserved.  Rain or shine.

  • Unfortunately, we cannot make any substitutions, take special orders or issue refunds. All sales are final.

  • It is easier if you add meals when you buy play tickets as a ticket add-on when purchasing online. However, if you have already reserved seats or purchased tickets, or have a holiday or buffalo pass, just place your order through the box office at 605.255-4141 at least two days before your reserved performance.

  • It is super helpful if you have reviewed the menu options and know what you’d like to order before you call. (i.e. "I would like to order  1 Box A and 3 Box D's.")


You may also email your requests for reservations and meals or questions to tickets@blackhillsplayhouse.com.  Please include your phone number as we will call you back to finalize the purchase and will need your credit card information.  PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US WITH CREDIT CARD INFO, for your own security!